the kitchen: no-sew polka dot curtains

July 21st, 2010

Whew! I’m back and relaxed from a vacation in my homestate of Michigan. My week was full of family and friends as well as all sorts of delicious food and markets, which I hope to be sharing with you shortly.

One of the funny things I’ve come to relish about being a city lady is the chance to drive a car. We haven’t had one since we moved to Brooklyn six years ago, so when I get the chance to drive I go a little nutty. In fact, I took an extra day of vacation to just bum around town in the car for a bit and found myself in Red Hook, home of Fairway Supermarket, Baked and Ikea.

As I wandered the maze of Ikea, I kept seeing this awesome polka dot fabric hanging throughout the store. Then when I actually got to the fabric counter I saw that the black and white fabric was on sale for only $1.99/yard! Holy moly! I immediately thought kitchen curtains and snapped up a yard of it. I also picked up some iron-on fusing tape because my poor sewing machine broke down and a little tension rod with little clips to hold the fabric. When I got home I just did some quick measuring, cut and ironed the fabric and taadaa! I have awesome polka dot curtains (for less than $10!)! They make me so happy when I walk into the kitchen and equally important, they block the harsh sun so I can whip up tasty goodies without sweating like crazy.

I’ll be back to regular posting this week with a super tasty cocktail hour that’s perfect for these dang hot days. Oh also, how cute is Maude on the polka dot fabric? She just couldn’t stay off it while I was making them and I had to take a picture.

Comments: 9 Total

  1. Evie

    July 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    These curtains are SO great! Awesome job!

  2. rachelle

    July 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    thank you SO MUCH for this idea.. i have never found a blog about making any curtains that did not involve at least one tiny stitch on a sewing machine or with thread…and i simply cannot sew. but i love fabric and design. i also desperately need curtains in my kitchen, too. i’m going to ikea today to check out this rod and also to get some of their awesome fabric.
    again- THANKS for the inspiration. adorable doggie!!
    - rachelle galloway-popotas
    berkeley, ca

  3. Morgan G

    July 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Iron-on fusing tape!? I just gave my sister my sewing machine because I do not have the patience for it. There may be hope for me yet. Now I just need the cute and perfectly-coordinated dog to match.

  4. Lis

    July 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Wow they look awesome!

    Is she a french bulldog? My inlaws have one and he has so much personality. She looks very cute :)

  5. Shaheen

    July 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Such a cute curtain! Love polka dots.

  6. mollie bryan

    July 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

    There is hope for those of us with no sewing skills. What lovely curtains.

  7. Rachel

    July 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Great and easy project. That must be a Boston Terrier thing, Bruiser HAS to lay on the material for any project that I do. It can be one scrap on the floor and he lays on it. Gotta love the BTs. She is too cute.

  8. Jenipher

    July 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    awww thats the CUTEST picture of your puppy!!

    what a fun tutorial. :)


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